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Travel …in construction :

In ABOUT, LOOK! on February 24, 2007 at 10:08 pm

Highlands Hotel, Kashmir

Highlands Hotel, Kashmir – Photo by Simon Weller

I’d rather like to have a page devoted to travel (in a broad sense of that term). In the mean time, here is some photography Simon Weller . Simon recently spent 10 days in Kashmir after an assignment in India for the BBC.


Oh Vanity

In ABOUT on February 19, 2007 at 2:18 am

arnold leads by example

I’ve inaugerated a new page called Vanity–
The first entry is an antidote by Leonard Cohen,
a man who could easily err on the side of vanity
but continually doesn’t…

Also featured is a tale of Brahma from our friends at Indo Link Kids Korner.

Agni the fire god, drowned in his ego, laughed, “Ha! Ha! Ha!
You must be kidding!”

Make Angels Not War

In gleaners, LOOK! on February 18, 2007 at 9:36 pm

To my family, farm folk from North Dakota, Bismarck was “The Town”. Now the citizens of Bismarck have really put themselves on the map, and I’m proud of them: 8,120 folks making angels not war.

Bismarck Angels

From The Conservative Voice :

“It’s fun and puts us on the map,” Edna Arvidson, 84, of Bismarck. “People think there’s nothing going on up here.”

“That’s phenomenal organization and something really to be proud of,” said Paul Judge, a Michigan Tech biochemistry major who helped organize Michigan’s attempt. “I’m sure once their numbers are verified, there will be a quick reorganization attempt here to reclaim our record.”

… the Nightly News …

In gleaners on February 14, 2007 at 1:49 am

“What little we still know… after this break.” –Brian Williams, NBC Anchor

Surveillance = Safety

In gleaners on February 13, 2007 at 4:10 am

surveillance made easy“So, Do You Wanna Hang Out Sometime? Get Some Sushi? Uh… Hello?”

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Corso Y Cross

In LOOK! on February 9, 2007 at 4:17 am

Corso Y Cross

The Only GOD Left Standing

In POETICS on February 8, 2007 at 6:16 am


I’m sometimes alarmed:
No new generation of pocket-paperbacks is on the way.

But, the universe is Harmonic Vibration.
The cosmos is bound to out a few Corsos,
a few Pounds, a few Puskins from time to time.

A practice in non-attachment, that’s all this is,
A test—I’m quite certain of it—and for the record:
The speed of light is not a constant, Children,
Rather, it’s a place-holder, nothing other than the face of…

So what of Silence?
So what of Ponderance?
Are you prepared for all the uncertainty?
A data set with ever expanding variables?
A too-tall horse subverting eons of local lore?

Soon, sooner than you may think,
There may no longer be a set of IMAGES the poet may employ,
Nor cadences the audience will approve of or pretend to endure.


At any rate—
This is nothing the calculus can’t handle.
I say
A new breed of Philosopher is on the wing,

It cometh, speaking in tongues,
Unfettered by diction or any feeling in its limbs.
With any luck, the process will instinctually produce
A zillion tiny symphonies to be played in unison.
And if recent history serves as any example,
The overall effect will be stunning—
No less a stir than the Rite of Spring.
And, for a TITLE, if a title were even required,
May I humbly suggest:

The immediate dismantling and reconstruction of
The Only GOD Left Standing.


In LOOK! on February 7, 2007 at 7:36 am


a painting by osho
on loan

thanks osho

Why is Slate so Smug?

In blowback on February 6, 2007 at 5:35 pm

Regarding Obama Messiah Watch at Slate.com “which will periodically highlight gratuitously adoring biographical details that appear in newspaper, television, and magazine profiles of this otherworldly presence in our midst.”

Well isn’t that rather smug? Heaven forbid–or should I say cognescenti forbid–people of all stripes and ideological bent should get a little more than tepidly excited about a public figure and potential president.

At any rate, the inaugural outing by Timothy Noah faltered pretty quickly, first citing some limp praise Obama received while a student at Harvard. A former classmate: “Where I had five pages, Barry had probably a paragraph of the pithiest, tightest prose you’d ever see. … It was very short, very sweet. Obviously somebody almost Clintonesque in being able to sum a whole lot of concepts and place them into a succinct written style.” Yes, by God, Slate is right! This clearly messianic, blindly elegaic praise has got to stop!

the new reds

In gleaners on February 6, 2007 at 4:49 pm

the new reds